A South Jersey family's story provides yet another reason to move more college students away from avaricious private loan companies that even harangue the parents of children who died with outstanding debts cosigned by relatives.
Christopher Bryski was 23 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a freak accident in 2004. After two years in a persistent vegetative state, he died. But his college-loan debt lived on. Because his father had cosigned Bryski's student loans, without reading all the fine print, the family was responsible for repaying tens of thousands of dollars.
Before Bryski died, his family told Inquirer reporter Thomas Fitzgerald, banks and credit-card companies would call two or three times a week, demanding payments. Bryski's older brother Ryan recalled his frustrated response: "What part of 'coma' do you companies not understand?"